Tuesday, April 15, 2008

LTSP Gateway Plaza Groundbreaking

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) was joined by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (SEPA) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and members and leasers of the Northwest Philadelphia community to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Gateway Plaza, located on the southern end of the campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. The project also includes renovations to the seminary's Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel to include new office space for SEPA, an upper plaza area and handicapped access. You can read more details here.

Photos from the groundbreaking event (click the image to view high-resolution version)

Architect's Rendering of the Gateway Plaza on the LTSP CampusArchitect's Rendering of the Gateway Plaza on the LTSP Campus

Groundbreaking ProcessionalGroundbreaking Processional

The Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange leading prayerThe Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange leading prayer

Blessing the GroundBlessing the Ground

Breaking the Ground - group 1The Rev. Claire Schenot Burkat, Bishop, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP); Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, 8th Council District, Philadelphia; Patricia Robinson, Vice President, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod; Dr. Addie Butler, Chair, Board of Trustees, LTSP; The Rev. Cynthia Krommes, Board of Trustees, LTSP

Breaking the Ground - group 2Larry Rutt, Butz Companies (General Contractor); Cristoph Schmidt, LTSP Student Body President; Ken Weinstein, NW Phila Business Community; Laura Morris Siena, Executive Director, West Mt. Airy Neighbors; Dan Muroff, President, East Mt. Airy Neighbors; George Yu, George Yu Associates (Architect)

Gathered on the Chapel LawnGathered on the Chapel Lawn, future location of the Gateway Plaza

The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. KreyThe Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, President, LTSP

The Rev. Claire Schenot BurkatThe Rev. Claire Schenot Burkat, Bishop, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA

Donna Reed MillerCouncilwoman Donna Reed Miller, 8th Council District, Philadelphia

Patricia RobinsonPatricia Robinson, Vice President, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod

Dr. Addie ButlerDr. Addie Butler, Chair, Board of Trustees, LTSP

George YuGeorge Yu, George Yu Associates (Architect)

Dan MuroffDan Muroff, President, East Mt. Airy Neighbors

Laura Morris SienaLaura Morris Siena, Executive Director, West Mt. Airy Neighbors

Ken WeinsteinKen Weinstein, NW Phila. Business Community

Cristoph SchmidtCristoph Schmidt, LTSP Student Body President

Reed Miller, Krey, BurkatCouncilwoman Donna Reed Miller, The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, The Rev. Claire Schenot Burkat

Reed Miller, Krey, Burkat, RobinsonCouncilwoman Donna Reed Miller, The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, The Rev. Claire Schenot Burkat, Patricia Robinson

Morning Ceremony
Morning CeremonySurrounded by community members of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, (l to r) Pa. Representative Cherelle Parker; The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; and Pa. Representative Dwight Evans break ground for the new Gateway Plaza to be constructed on the seminary campus. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod will be moving onto the seminary campus as part of the project.

Cherelle Parker, Philip D.W. Krey, Dwight EvansRepresentative Cherelle Parker; The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; and Pa. Representative Dwight Evans

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